Jerusalem is the epic history of three thousand years of faith، fanaticism، bloodshed، and coexistence، from King David to the 21st century، from the birth of Judaism، Christianity، and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
How did this small، remote town become the Holy City، the “center of the world” and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative، Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations، bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem’s biography is told through the wars، love affairs، and revelations of the men and women who created، destroyed، chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city، its cast varies from Solomon، Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra، Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel، Nebuchadnezzar، Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser، Disraeli، Mark Twain، Lincoln، Rasputin، Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan.
In this masterful narrative، Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life and draws on the latest scholarship، his own family history، and a lifetime of study to show that the story of Jerusalem is truly the story of the world.
Editorial Reviews "Spectacular. [Montefiore] really tells you what the life of the city has been like and why it means so much. You fall in love with the city. It's a treasure. It's a wonderful book." —Bill Clinton، #1 Holiday Book Pick on the Today show
"Magnificent... Montefiore barely misses a trick or a character in taking us through the city's story with compelling، breathless tension." —Wall Street Journal
"Impossible to put down.... Vastly enjoyable." —New York Times Book Review
Paperback: 704 pages Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 18، 2012) Language: English Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches